Thursday, September 21, 2017

NAS Wars 2017: We test the Synology DiskStation DS1817+ RAID

Welcome to the 6th of seven NAS stretch tests, where we brutalize NAS gadgets to disappointment and after that endeavor to check whether they can be recouped. This week, we dive into the Synology DiskStation DS1817+, a gadget that sets the bar for future desktop RAID and NAS boxes.




We should put this undertaking into setting. The entire reason for a RAID is that if a drive comes up short, you can recuperate without any information misfortune. In this arrangement, I'm beating on every na to perceive how (or on the off chance that) it recoups. 

All the NAS surveys out there simply discuss including capacity, and the different applications that accompany the gadgets. I haven't seen any that anxiety the machines to the point of disappointment and back to reclamation, which is the general purpose of these gadgets. 

I've subjected every hopeful machine to a progression of torment tests. Past that, I take a gander at execution, applications, UI, thus considerably more. This time, we're trying the Synology DiskStation DS1817+. 

How about we not cover the lede. Unless you need a NAS that is as straightforward and highlight rich as a toaster, or one that can withstand a North Korean nuke (that is one week from now's audit), you will need to purchase a Synology NAS. The Synology box (and its DiskStation Manager programming) is quite recently that great. 

The fit and complete of the Synology equipment is strong, however not terrific. In the event that you need NAS equipment with a fit and complete so delightful you need to lick it, you'll need a Drobo. 

Be that as it may, while the Drobo experts the RAID segment of our tests, it's an extremely constrained machine. The Synology machine is generously more proficient than the Drobo and the class and plan nature of its product obscures each other contender we've taken a gander at. 

Drive establishment is for all intents and purposes indistinguishable to that of the QNAP. Drives slide into plate and don't require any apparatuses to introduce. The plate have minimal plastic strips that hold the drives in. They're simple, if a bit fiddly, to utilize. 

I have a similar worry with this part of the Synology execution as I do with the QNAP. In case you're not super watchful, the little plastic sticks that go into the screw openings on the drives could without much of a stretch snap off. 

Assault TEST RESULTS 

After embeddings the terrible drive, it took around 8 minutes for the Synology to boot and start beeping. It was hard to tell by taking a gander at the unit which drive bombed (other than a marginally more quick LED flicker), yet there was a discernable alarm. 

Email notice was simple, and influenced it to clear which drive was the issue. The email message was sent through Gmail's API. The Synology additionally bolsters SMS warnings for the individuals who lean toward text-based notifications. 

The Synology additionally effectively finished Test 2, modifying an exhibit from a bungled drive. It required a couple of snaps in the administration interface, and afterward the new drive was up and running. 

It additionally easily breezed through Test 3, developing after some time. It enabled the cluster to reallocate space, accommodating a bigger limit as greater drives were added to the exhibit. 

Generally, the Synology got a 4 out of 5 for RAID execution. 

SYNOLOGY'S DISKSTATION MANAGER 

Both Terramaster and QNAP executed a desktop-style symbols and-windows interface. Both are well done. QNAP's interface is somewhat jumbled, and Terramaster's is somewhat inadequate. By differentiate, the usage of the Synology variation of a desktop-style interface is great. 

The impression Synology gives is that the organization sweated each and every pixel and each and every plan choice to make the clearest, cleanest, and most instinctive interface conceivable. It is the best and most usable interface I've ever observed on a NAS. Everything works, everything bodes well, and everything is unsurprising and steady. 

I shrouded some of this in my distributed storage article on Synology a couple of months back, however the excellent plan proceeds through the whole DiskStation Manager interface. Notwithstanding the outline, responsiveness of the interface is fresh. There's no drowsiness here by any stretch of the imagination. 

Without at question, DiskStation Manager is Synology's most noteworthy resource, yet in the event that whatever remains of the item missed the mark, gorgeous programming wouldn't be sufficient. Luckily, they got the rest right, as well. 

Synology's choice of applications is exhaustive, falling recently somewhat shy of QNAP. Macintosh documents exchange superbly. It has a very much composed system reuse container. Cost per-sound is the second most minimal on our rundown, which implies, at any rate for NASes, the best items are additionally the minimum costly. That ended up being a lovely and startling shock. 

Despite the fact that the total speed benchmark was appropriate amidst our seven contenders, everything else about execution and convenience for the Synology is first rate, winning it five out of five stars. 

With a four star survey in our RAID torment test and an ideal five in execution and ease of use, the Synology DiskStation DS1817+ stands out with a general five out of five. 

For the record, I additionally took a gander at the four-cove DS916+ Synology enclose prior the year and it's comparable to this eight-cove unit. For whatever length of time that you're getting DiskStation Manager in your NAS, you're brilliant. 

All things considered, our NAS story isn't finished. In our last 2017 NAS survey, I'll demonstrate to you a crate that has taken Synology's DiskStation Manager interface and encased it in what is, basically, a bank vault. It's significantly more costly than the container made by Synology, yet it's intended to survive mythical serpents and young people. That is next time.

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